BISMARCK — Republican state tax commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger won Tuesday in his race against Democratic challenger Jason Astrup and Libertarian candidate Anthony Mangnall. With 91 percent of precincts reporting, but results still unofficial, Rauschenberger had 56.7 percent of the votes over Astrup’s 36.7 percent and Mangnall’s 6.4 percent. Rauschenberger worked as the state’s deputy tax commissioner for four years before being appointed tax commissioner last November.
Voters went to the polls Tuesday to decide a myriad of statewide measures and races, including who is best suited to oversee the implementation of the state’s tax laws. Candidates for state tax commissioner this year are Republican incumbent Ryan Rauschenberger, Democratic challenger Jason Astrup and Libertarian candidate Anthony Mangnall.
With less than three weeks until the election, property tax improvements are the highest priority for all three candidates in the state tax commissioner race. Republican incumbent Ryan Rauschenberger, who was appointed tax commissioner by Gov. Jack Dalrymple in November, said his office has already made strides in working with state lawmakers to offer property tax relief.
JAMESTOWN — Two out of three candidates in the North Dakota tax commissioner’s race had positive reactions to a recent poll that showed more respondents were undecided than in support of any of them. The third questioned the poll’s methodology. The poll, commissioned by Forum Communications Co. and conducted by the University of North Dakota College of Business and Public Administration, found 41 percent of respondents were undecided between Republican incumbent Ryan Rauschenberger, Democratic challenger Jason Astrup and Libertarian candidate Anthony Mangnall.
JAMESTOWN -- The process of creating fertilizer out of natural gas could literally be described as pulling nitrogen out of the air. CHS announced Friday that it is proceeding with construction of a $3 billion plant northeast of Jamestown that will turn natural gas from North Dakota’s oilfields into nitrogen fertilizer for the region’s farmers.
CARRINGTON — Ballots in the June 10 election for Foster County Commission were recounted Monday, and the number of physical ballots did not match the number of ballots recorded on the election machines the county used. The recount board counted 1,153 ballots that were sealed away in the county recorder’s vault, and the poll books had 1,153 names checked off, but the number submitted to the North Dakota Secretary of State’s Office was 1,453. County Auditor Teresa Risovi said she discussed the matter with the secretary of state’s office and believes a glitch or corruption in the ES&S M100
JAMESTOWN — The Anne Carlsen Center board of directors plans to move the Jamestown campus to a new facility after 73 years at its current location at Horseshoe Park. The board and campus management are in an intensive planning effort called the Pathways to the Future Project to build a new center on a 15-acre lot the center owns on the east side of the Jamestown Regional Medical Center in 2016 or 2017. The center provides community-based services for children and adults with disabilities. CEO Eric Monson said that much of the current campus is the original structure from 1941 and that the c
JAMESTOWN — A Korean War veteran who was unaccounted for 63 years was laid to rest Thursday in a cemetery in New Rockford. Army Cpl. Cletus R. Lies, a Bremen native who was killed at age 26 in the 1950 Battle of Chosin, was identified last year by scientists from the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command and the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory. “Actually, the accounted-for date, which is Dec. 7, 2013, is the date the family was notified,” said Lt. Col Melinda F. Morgan, a public affairs officer with the Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office in Arlington, Va.
JAMESTOWN — The North Dakota Game and Fish Department has added the state bird, the western meadowlark, to the state’s updated 2014 Conservation Priority List. Game and Fish Conservation Section Supervisor Steve Dyke said the majority of the species on the list — which has grown to 112 this year, up from 100 on the original 2005 list — are suffering population declines because of a statewide decrease in habitat. Wetlands and grasslands have been lost due to increased agricultural production and less participation in the Conservation Reserve Program.
MEDINA — An inventor working out of Medina has applied for a patent and successfully test-fired firefighting equipment he built in response to two catastrophic oil train derailments last year. Darrell Graf, the former Medina police chief who has more than 40 years of experience as a firefighter and a firefighting instructor, said the July 6 derailment in Quebec that killed 47 people and the Dec.